Articles From : Joan the Dog Coach

  • Tips for Parents with Dogs and Kids

    Families considering acquiring a dog, families that already have both children and dogs, and expecting parents with dogs, all share a common concern – safely raising children and dogs together. 

  • Insights into Understanding Dog Body Language

    If you’ve ever wished that you and your dog spoke the same language, a great place to start is simply watching your pup and noting what you see.

  • Red Foxes at the Bird Refuge

    Joan captured a fantastic photo of Red Foxes posing at the Bird Refuge.

  • Summer Holidays and Beyond: Dog Training Behaviors That Never Go Out of Style

    No matter your summertime plans for Memorial Day, Fourth of July, or Labor Day, these top tips can help your dog be a perfect guest – or host.

  • The Language of Dog Training and Why It Matters

    Do you ever consider if the words we use matter when we approach training our canine companions?

  • Make Training Your Dog Easier: Be Consistent, Be Clear and Be Kind

    There are many things you can do to make training your inquisitive canine easier, including consistency, expectations, and environment. 

  • Generalizing: Unleashing the Key to Dog Training Success in Every Environment


    Would you like to learn how to encourage your dog to work with you wherever you happen to be? Then, one of the most important concepts you can remember is that of generalization.

  • Harnessing the Power of Motivation in Dog Training

    Are you and your inquisitive canine ready to take your dog training to the next level? Keep reading for tips to make your pooch the best on the block.

  • Harnessing the Effort of Planning for Your New Pup

    Planning ahead before bringing a new puppy or adult dog into your home can help ease the transition and reduce stress — for everyone, including the dog.

  • 5 Important Considerations Before Adopting a Puppy or Adult Dog

    “Oh! What a cute little doggy…Let’s bring him home!” So, you’re thinking about adding a cuddly puppy or snuggly adult pooch to your family. 

  • Help Your Dog be a Pawfect Host During the Holidays

    the holiday season is a time for family, friends and hopefully, some pet-friendly celebrations too. Here are some tips to keep your pet happy during the holidays.

  • Help Your Dog be a Pawfect Guest During the Holidays

    With the holiday season fast approaching, we want to share some tips to help you help your dog be a courteous guest.

  • Halloween Can Be Tricky for Dogs – Here’s How to Make It a Treat!

    Halloween can be a little tricky for pets, but with a little advanced preparation, we can make it a real treat for our dogs!

  • A Walk in the Park: Leash Walking Tips for You and Your Pup

    Walking together is one of the most basic activities dogs and the people who love them do together, so here are tips to help you and your dog harness an easy, enjoyable, walking experience.

  • Behavior Help for Canine Companions

    Joan the Dog Coach offers more tips on how to find a certified canine behavior consultant for your pup.

  • Regulations and Oversight in the Dog Training Industry?

    Joan the Dog Coach provides tips on how to pick a safe dog trainer in an unregulated industry.

  • A Closer Look at Dog Training Techniques: Part Two

    Joan the Dog Coach is back with the second part discussion of the pros and cons of three training philosophies.

  • A Closer Look at Dog Training Techniques: Part One

    Pet parents, what’s your training style? Let's take a closer look at three dog training philosophies and their pros and cons.

  • The Inside Scoop on Using Treats in Dog Training

    Joan breaks down the good and the bad when using treats to train and reward your pup.

  • Dog Training Skills for a Pawsitively Super Santa Barbara Summer

    Take the summer to teach your dog some new tricks or curb some bad habits with these tips from a local expert.

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